Not a Classic But It Made Me Laugh
Death at a Funeral (2010)
*** (out of 4)
Remake of a 2007 British film, this comedy is certainly done in bad
taste but the talented cast bring enough laughs to make it worth
viewing. The "story", if you want to call it that, is rather simple as
a group of people show up at a funeral only to have one thing go wrong
after another. This includes the dead man's sons (Chris Rock, Martin
Lawrence) constantly fighting, a man showing up claiming to be the
lover of the dead man and we even get a white boyfriend who everyone
hates and they're really going to hate him after he accidentally takes
some acid. This is a rather vulgar movie that makes a living on bad
taste and dirty jokes but what makes them so funny is that no one wants
the stuff to be vulgar. It's strange but all the characters here are
good people who mean no one any harm yet they just get into situations
where they're forced to do things that they normally wouldn't do and
that's what makes the film so funny. The film contains a terrific cast
lead by Rock and Lawrence but we also get Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan,
Luke Wilson, Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, James Marsden and Keith
David. All of the actors are obviously given it their all. Sometimes
they deliver wonderful jokes while at other times they fall flat on
their face but no matter how the joke comes out you can at least see
how hard they're working to try and make the laugh. One of the
highlights of the film is when the crippled character played by Glover
gets diarrhea and has Morgan rush him to the bathroom but his hand gets
stuck in the toilet as the old man sits down. Another running gag has
the father being gay and hiding it his entire life and his son played
by Lawrence gets upset because the lover is white. The movie runs a
very quick 90-minutes but every ten-seconds there appears to be a new
joke being thrown out. I give the film credit for pushing all the right
buttons and at least attempting to make fun of more dramatic
situations. There's no good flow to the movie and the story is
certainly nothing special but people are tuning into this thing to
laugh and they'll be doing that quite a bit from start to finish.
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Not as good as the original. I'm suprised they let this remake come out only 2 years after the original..
Great movie .
it was fantastic.
Same basic movie as the 2007 British version, but not nearly as entertaining.
Just over two years ago I saw the 2007 British movie of the same title.
I gave it a rating of 8 out of 10, it is a funny and interesting take
on a family funeral that turns into a family crisis. It was funny
without being "dirty." Meanwhile, I read that this movie was being
re-made with an American take, set in Los Angeles, and with American
actors and American sensibilities. Reportedly the producers were
impressed with the British movie and wanted to re-make it so that a
wider American audience would get to see it.
So, curious, I got the DVD of this new movie from my public library,
and I watched it yesterday with Natalie, a college student who
incidentally has the DVD of the British movie and watched it again just
In quick summary, this American version is nowhere as good or as funny
as the British version. The characters' names are changed, and of
course the location, but other than that it is pretty much the same
movie, but with more toilet humor and more profanity thrown in, neither
of which help make it a good movie. Both Natalie and I agreed on this
point, and both of us observed that this one doesn't "flow" nearly as
well as the British original. The scenes are the same, but the story
doesn't flow as well from scene to scene.
So, while the British "Death at a Funeral" is inventive and funny, this
American "Death at a Funeral" is just disjointed and profane. Unless a
viewer just wants to see a predominantly black family movie, the
British movie is superior in every way.